When most people picture natural stone applications, they tend to envision one of a few different designs. They may picture rugged fieldstone, polished marble squares, or a more contemporary cladding made of long strips of horizontal stones.
There are other ways you can create unique and stunning applications using natural stone, one surprisingly simple way is to instal stone veneer vertically. Installing the stone vertically automatically draws the eye upward, following the lines of the stone. This can create very dramatic and unique designs, setting your accent area apart from the rest. Check out these 6 designs to see what may be possible with vertical stone veneer in your home.
1. Waterfall Fireplace
Lit from above, this dark stone application almost appears to be flowing down the wall around the firebox. This creates a very dramatic contrast to the actual use of the fireplace and pulls the eye upward to the soffit above.
Together, the dark stone, fireplace, and lights ensure that this area is the focal point of the room and gets the instant attention of anyone that enters the area.
2. Towering Column
If you don’t have room for a large fireplace wall, or you’re installing a floating fireplace, extending the stone cladding upward gives you just as big of a visual impact as a full wall without the space issues.
In this case, honed planks of natural stone veneer create a smooth surface for the fireplace column, pulling the eye up and visually extending the height of the room. This makes the fireplace not only the central attraction to the area, but also sets the stage for the rest of the room’s interior design.
3. Mixed Material Wall
Sometimes the best designs are the ones that combine different materials and styles in one area. The combination of tiles set in opposite directions helps to create visual contrast that heightens the drama of the wall, and therefore the style of the room.
In this case, matt honed vertical stone veneer is installed above and below a horizontal stripe in a shiny glass tile. The contrast of directions, textures and shapes is extremely compelling and creates a dramatic accent wall.
4. Textures and Shade
There are many things that make this fireplace design compelling and unique. The offset firebox has a contemporary vibe, as does the solid white color of the stone veneer.
At odds with that is the texture and placement of the stone. The vertical application of the tiles along with the texture and light gives the entire area a sculptural look that adds a lot of dimension to the surround. Contrast between color, style, or texture is one way to create a very dramatic interior design. With the fireplace being the focal point of any room, this design makes for a stunning environment.
5. Contemporary Accent
Natural stone is usually associated with a cleft face or natural look but there are many more options available. This limestone application uses panels with stone pieces in different thicknesses and textures with a highly refined and modern esthetic. The addition of direct overhead lighting creates a wonderful play of light and shadow bringing out additional depth and accentuating the textures of the stone. Added interest comes from the vertical installation which creates a retro-modern vibe for this office space.
Very contemporary designs like this keep the room from appearing flat or sterile, and add an artistic vibe to the space.
6. Exterior Accent
Vertical stone applications aren’t just reserved for the indoors, you can also use them to create stunning landscape designs. In this case, the vertical blue stone application contrasts in direction and texture with the horizontal wall cap, creating interest and texture that draws the eye and invites the viewer in closer.
Create Your Own Unique Accent
Natural stone veneer can be used in a variety of ways to give you the exact look you need for your space. Create new heights in your design by installing your stone vertically, rather than in a more traditional application. By doing so, you may unlock the space’s potential to really shine.